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YOGA Body and Mind has been operating since late 1989, when owner Carol Dulmage received her Yoga Teaching Certificate from Yogiraj Behramji of the Yoga and Meditation School and Stress Reduction Institute. Her first classes were taught in early 1990. Carol is a registered yoga teacher with the nationwide Yoga Alliance. She holds the highest designation of E-RYT 500.

She was first introduced to Hatha Yoga in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1968, where she studied under Suzanne Chanterit. In the subsequent 10 years, the teachers with whom she studied that had the most influence on her were Marion Sarkisian in La Jolla as well as Pujari and Abihlasha in San Diego. Yogiraj Behramji was a student of B.K.S. Iyengar early in Iyengar's career. Carol began studying with Behramji in 1977 and continued on through her teacher training.

Since receiving her Teaching Certification, she has taught classes at racquet and private clubs in the Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo areas. She also taught at the Wellness Community, the Leisure Connection of San Diego State University, and the Elderhostel. Since 1994, she has taught classes at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club and is now teaching at Return to Wholeness -- Annex, 13514 Pomerado Rd. Ste. M, Poway CA 92064.

How to Prepare for Classes

It is recommended to arrive at least 10 minutes early to class if it is your first time. This gives you enough time to fill out an application, consisting of health information and a waiver to sign. Carol also teaches or reviews basic breathing techniques used in class.

Classes take place in a carpeted room. Carol suggests you wear clothes in which you are able to bend and stretch in. If you are used to using a mat, bring it and put it on top of the carpet. While most people use mats, you do not need one in order to participate. If you do not have one, you may bring a towel for the times when you have to get your nose close to the floor.

Do not eat just before class or wear perfumed products, as this could cause health issues during the class. Some students bring extra clothing, like sweat pants or a sweatshirt, while others put on their socks and their jacket for guided relaxation. Still others do nothing. There is no right or wrong here, so do whatever allows you to be comfortable without falling asleep.